A Telematic Video Installation by Paul Sermon and Charlotte Gould for the OUR MACHINES exhibition at the Observer Building Gallery Hastings, UK - 14 February to 14 March 2016
Developed for the OUR MACHINES exhibition at the Observer Building Hastings, 14 February to 14 March 2016, ‘Screen Machine’ offers public audience participants the opportunity to co-create chance encounters and self direct spontaneous performances between two separate installation locations. These unique transitory events will rely entirely on the roles and performances the participants bring to these telepresent screens and the experiences they choose to live out. Inspired by our urban and cultural surroundings and re-contextualized in a diverse array of digital milieus, ‘Screen Machine’ aims to allow these public audiences the agency and control over the outcomes of this intervention, akin to a telepresent fluxus happening. The installation takes live oblique camera shots from above the screens of two separate audience groups located in the Observer Building Gallery situated on green and blue screen backdrops. Linked via a live video connection the audiences are brought together on screen using a system of chroma-key video mixers. As the merged audiences start to explore this collaborative, shared telepresent space they discover the ground beneath them, as it appears on screen, locates them in a world of surprising and intriguing anamorphic environments. These digital backgrounds directly reference our social and cultural setting in a ludic virtual world. This installation adopts a playful and open approach to public video screens to manifest a truly interactive peoples screen. Inspired in part by 3D anamorphic street art and computer games, the motivation behind this proposal also comes from the historic films of Lumière contemporaries Mitchell and Kenyon, whose films of Edwardian public crowds in the 1900’s present a striking similarity to the way audiences react and respond in Sermon and Gould’s telematic urban screen interventions.
Project Web Site: http://www.paulsermon.org/screen_machine
OUR MACHINES Exhibition Blog: http://ourmachines.blogspot.co.uk